Archive for February, 2006

Call For Discussion Topics

You find reading the plethora of OS X Server knowledge on just isn’t enough, and are feeling some horizons need to be expanded….

You need something more challenging to listen to on your commute…

Enter – the podcast!

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Spotlight for the Network

Search your network shares through a web interface. has released Searchlight 1.0 which allows you to use Spotlight on a server through a web interface from a client machine. In addition to finding documents you can also set up saved searches and get change notifications.

We haven’t had a chance to play around with this yet, but we’d be interested to hear from anyone that has. For the $29 that it costs, it would seem to be an intriguing product.

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*WIP* Running AWStats on Mac OS X Server (revised)

Mac OS X Server has tools to monitor trends in network traffic and look at your log files, but I’ve always wanted easy to read, detailed stats for my web server.

AWStats is a free powerful and featureful tool that generates advanced web, streaming, ftp or mail server statistics, graphically. This log analyzer works as a CGI or from command line and shows you all possible information your log contains, in few graphical web pages. It’s open source and not too difficult to set up.

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New Mac OS X Interop mailing list

A new Apple public mailing list is up, macosx-interop, for discussing the integration of Mac OS X and Mac OS X server into UNIX (all flavors) and Windows networks. You can subscribe here:

Here’s the official charter:
The Mac OS X Interoperability List is for discussing how to integrate Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server into of UNIX and Windows networks. In particular, the goal is to enable community discussions regarding authentication, file sharing, administration, and other challenges of using Macs in multiplatform environments. This is different from the Mac OS X server mailing lists in that the focus is on the network administrator, who may well be using non-Mac servers with Mac clients (or vice versa).

This should provide a more targeted list than the high-volume Mac OS X Server list for those who want to discuss just interoperability.

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Communigate Pro with LDAP Authentication

With all the issues related to Sarbanes-Oxley compliancy, and contracts being written to cover all losses and lawsuits related to any security breach in network setup these days, along with the desire for System Administrators to manage all of their user accounts from one location, I’ve been looking into getting an existing Communigate Pro mail setup authenticating to OS X Server’s built in Open Directory.

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WebDAV and Access Control Lists (ACL’s)

Using ACLs with WebDAV allows for much finer control.

In the past, in order to allow a user access either access locally to their home directory or remotely via WebDAV the ownerships on the folders either had to be owned by the user themselves for local access or owned by www for remote access. Because of this the POSIX permissions often got quite messy.

This is all a thing of the past now with Tiger and ACL implementation. The ability to add the user www to your existing home folders allows for many advantages over the previous way. With ACL’s administrators can override the older POSIX style UNIX permissions and bring their servers (including web based services) into the 21st century.

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